| Ipoh, Malaysia | 25 June 2016 | Asia Samachar |
Embroiled in a protracted battle on membership, some members of the Wadda Gurdwara Sahib Ipoh (WGSI) have lodged police reports today against what they allege to be attempts to temper with their membership.
In the latest move by the gurdwara management committee (GMC), some members are said to have they received the next batch of letters on their membership status, with at least one member being suspended for one year.
In one police report lodged at the Ipoh police headquarters, the copy of which was cited by Asia Samachar, the members alleged that the GMC had acted in ‘bad intent’ for not calling the extraordinary general meeting (EOGM) as urged by some members.
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The issue began with the gurdwara’s annual general meeting held on 26 February 2016. Then, some members who came for the AGM were told that they had ceased to be members for not updating their membership fee, also known as chandaa. In the past, members had routinely been allowed to update their membership prior to the AGM, according to members spoken to earlier.
The meeting also made news on the Sikh social media when the GMC, led by its president Amarjit Singh Gill, had called for police presence at the gurdwara compound. There were also allegations of the participation of non-Malaysians, some identified as maids of influential gurdwara members, at the meeting.
On 6 March, a group of members held a protest at the gurdwara compound against the way the AGM was conducted. The GMC had retaliated with issuing show cause letters to those members for allegedly bringing disrepute to the gurdwara reputation.
The latest casualty is Kulwan Singh, a retired worker from the Ipoh municipal council, whose membership has been suspended for one year until 5 March 2017.
In a letter dated 10 June 2016, it said the suspension was decided by the GMC in a meeting on 31 May 2016. The letter was signed WGSI secretary Manjit Singh, who is the brother of GMC president Amarjit.
Kulwan had earlier lodged a report with the Registry of Socieies (ROS) on the alleged misconduct at the February AGM.
Jaswinder Singh, a hockey player and an active volunteer at the gurdwara, was told in a letter dated 21 June, that his membership had been reinstated after receipt of subscription payment.
However, in the same letter, also cited by Asia Samachar, he has been given 10 days to ‘explain why disciplinary action should not be taken’ against him for participating in the March protest.
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